Kindle Firmware Update 5.9.7 Adds Early Returns for Library Books

The latest Kindle firmware update dropped on Monday.

According to the changelog, this update features “performance improvements and other general enhancements” as well as one new feature that library users will love.

After you update your Kindle you will be able to return borrowed library books from your Kindle by long pressing on a borrowed book and selecting return.

The update will be pushed out to all applicable Kindle models over the next few weeks; simply leave your Wifi enabled to get it. Or, you can download the update and install it yourself.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mary2 August, 2018

    Nate, thanks so much for letting us know when there are software updates for the Kindle. I have never waited for an update, especially when it involves a useful feature so prefer to download myself. In the past we could learn about updates from the Kindle Forum which I miss so much, and from which I always learned a lot. The ability to return library books from the Kindle is huge. I frequently finish off a book reading in bed, and there is always the chance that the next day it will slip my mind to return it first thing from the computer. I do like to get the books back as soon as possible, since there is usually someone waiting for them.

  2. Philana Crouch12 August, 2018

    I’m appreciative of this new feature, it makes it much more convenient to quickly return books. I do wish Kindle would make firmware available right away.

  3. Hello kindle11 October, 2018

    Is there a you tube video on how library can be returned or automically return after a loan date? Ie once there is a wifi connection?


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